Swistle: "I dreamed we were getting married."
Paul, without glancing up: "You can't trap the wind, baby."
Our yard is divided into little gardening plots. Without really thinking about it, earlier in the spring I flung the last of the winter supply of sunflower seeds for the birds out over an area that included part of Paul's garden. When a whole bunch of little two-rounded-leaves plants that looked just like sunflowers came up in that area, I tried to cover my mistake by transplanting them to my own garden plot. Yesterday Paul asked why I'd planted peppers in my garden plot---and wondered why his own peppers weren't coming up.
I'm trying to motivate myself to do some sort of plan with the kids this summer. My mom used to do a Summer Regimen with us: we had a list of things to do each morning, including a couple of worksheets, some sit-ups and push-ups, a journal entry, and a cleaning chore. On one hand I hated the regimen (including the word "regimen," which was pronounced with an exaggerated zh sound in the middle), but on the other hand it made the rest of the day feel so much more vacationy: it was like still having school, but only having it for an hour and a half a day with no homework.
Paul's mother's estate is still not settled (it's been one year and seven months, which I gather is not incredibly long in estate-settling terms). The last we heard, the lawyer said back in January that everything was just about all set, and that all that was left was for the estate to file the taxes so anything due/refunded could be handled by the estate. Silence since then is making me fret: WHO filed the taxes? It wasn't supposed to be US, was it? We don't have anything we'd need to file them; Paul's sister is the executor, unwise a choice as that seems. Was it supposed to be Paul's sister but she just finked out because she didn't feel like it? Were the taxes filed by Paul's sister or the lawyer, but the lawyer just knows that "several months" in estate time is like being on hold on the phone for a few seconds so there's no reason to update us? Will we get a packet in the mail any day now because everything is going just fine?
Oh, yes, obviously we could ask the lawyer. Except it's not "we," it's "Paul" who would have to ask the lawyer. And I suppose I could ask Paul to do that, but perhaps you can wincingly imagine how money-hungry and unfeeling it looks for a wife to casually inquire about her disliked mother-in-law's estate. And although I AM curious if there will be any money, my main concern is the disparity between "when I thought this would be wrapped up and we would in no way be attached to that situation" and "now." I KNOW estates can take a long time to settle, I KNOW they can---but the lawyer said all that was left was the taxes, and tax time is long over, so...PLEASE FREE US FROM THE HOUSE/SIL ALBATROSS KTHANX.
Gift ideas for an 8-year-old, part 1 of 2 - I have TWO 8-year-olds to buy for, so I’m going to split it up into two posts. Today will be the things we’re getting for Edward. I dislike saying “Gift id...